Dentures are removable appliance fabricated for the purpose of replacing lost teeth. They have artificial teeth mounted on them, and they take support from adjacent anatomical structures. Contrary to implants that almost permanently fixed to the jaw bone, dentures can be easily taken off before sleeping or whenever wanted without the assistance of the dentist.
Dentures generally have three parts – the artificial teeth, the pink gum, mimicking base to which the replacement teeth are attached and a metal scaffold for the purpose of connection. Partial dentures are presented as a treatment option for those who have few of their teeth missing and rest of their permanent teeth strongly secured. Complete Dentures are similar, but there is no metal scaffold as the prosthesis consists of only the teeth and base. It is intended to be used only for those individuals who have no permanent teeth remaining at all, like in aged patients and those who have grossly decayed teeth that are beyond repair.